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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Visiting With Neil Young BackStage: "We knew we had been in the presence of not only a great artist but a truly kind human soul"

It's not everyday one gets to visit backstage after a Neil Young concert.

But here's the story of Paul Epstein going backstage at the Red Rocks, Alchemy Tour concert in 2012, who concludes his visit with Neil Young saying: "We knew we had been in the presence of not only a great artist but a truly kind human soul".

From SPORK | Twist & Shout:
Of all the rock stars I’ve admired, I think Neil Young is the most approachable, relatable and just plain human.

I’ve always seen him as a regular guy who had the courage to follow his muse.

It turned out he was an artist of rare sensitivity and profound performance skills. When I first moved to Denver in 1968, one of the first places my brother took me was Underground Records on 724 So. Pearl Street.

Twenty years later, I would buy that store at a tax auction and turn it into Twist and Shout, but back in the day I bought my first bootleg LP there. It was called Young Man’s Fancy Live On Sugar Mountain. I still have it; in fact - I'm listening to it as I write this. It still sounds great. I was already a fan of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Déjà vu, but hearing him speak in that same quavery voice he sang with was extraordinary. And the unreleased songs like “See The Sky About To Rain” and “Love In Mind” blew my mind.

It’s been a long affair. I’ve never lost interest in Neil and have excitedly awaited every new release over the years. He’s had so many peaks in his career. After the initial run of classics there was the Ditch Trilogy, Rust Never Sleeps, Ragged Glory, Harvest Moon, Sleeps With Angels, Psychedelic Pill. Just like Dylan, Neil has defied expectations and surpassed my hopes so many times. During the recent pandemic madness, the kaleidoscopic depth of his website ( has provided a daily balm to the negativity all around.

I can’t count how many times I’ve seen him in concert, but many of them have been highlights.
Read full story on SPORK | Twist & Shout.

Thanks Paul. Keep on twistin' and shoutin' until 'til the power goes out, and your battery's dead!

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At 6/24/2020 02:39:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

After months of rapid activity on NYA, the past few days have seemed uncomfortably quiet.

Peace 🙏

At 6/24/2020 03:34:00 PM, Blogger Roberto said...

Exactly, I love to believe that our dear has decided and operated to fill many different and heavy gaps due to pandemic and its consequences: isolation from family and friends , smart (?) working far from coworkers, queues for food and medicines and so many more.

It has been, he has been, a steady and strong presence throughout. Maybe the only thing I really miss of those week.


At 6/24/2020 05:27:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Yes, oddly quiet w/a new album release? Altho Neil did throw the vinyl on the turntable this week.

Our thoughts? Maybe Neil's writing songs? Or recording them @ Up in Clouds studio nearby?

Maybe Southern Man, Part #2?

Ohio, Part #2?

Alabama, Part #2?

At 6/24/2020 09:10:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

After the quiet comes the storm..that's my momma talking.

Something from beyond left field would not surprise me.


At 6/25/2020 01:48:00 AM, Blogger vvvv said...

Holy cow, Homegrown hasn't even been out a week! He probably just wants to give fans some time to focus on and digest that, without throwing even more updates/content out there, and maybe give himself and the hard working archives team a few days to take it easy?

I'm sure the updates will recommence soon enough.


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